To inoculate governments, the ‘measures’ must continue

Yours truly on Tuesday:

The most illustrative thing about Omicron is how ‘experts’ continue to claim they know very little about it – apart from the fact that it’s harmless. Why? Because unlike officials (and adults) in times past, reassuring the public is these days seen as the ‘wrong message’…

Unbeknownst to me, biologist Francois Balloux wrote this in the Guardian on Sunday:

The Omicron wave represents a key turning point in the pandemic. But no plausible outcome looks particularly auspicious – it feels largely like a lose-lose deal. If if turns out to be roughly as severe as previous pandemic waves, it might normalise harsh mitigation measures and render the prospect of a return to post-pandemic normality fairly remote. If it turned out to be milder than feared, this could spell the end of lockdowns with Covid-19 on its way into endemicity. The cost would be a loss of trust in political and public health authorities, which may make it difficult to deal with future threats.

Via thefrollickingmole who observes: “Words fail.”
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17 Responses to To inoculate governments, the ‘measures’ must continue

  1. Tom says:

    Loss of public faith in (big) government is a fate worse than death for the blood-sucking public service parasites using it to lavishly finance their misanthropy. It would mean they’d be out of a job.

    Obviously.

  2. Boambee John says:

    From NewCat

    The Grauniad upset that disaster might not occur!

    The thought that the “political and public health authorities” consciously chose to destroy their credibility and thus public trust does not occur to Grauniadistas.

  3. Chris M says:

    People that work for / with / connected to the govt appear to trust it. Them being the govt and all.

    Which in AU seems to be about a third of the workforce…. that’s your problem.

  4. Lee says:

    Absolutely fed to the gills with all the Covid disaster fearmongering porn.
    The MSM are as bad the politicians and health bureaucrats.

  5. Boambee John says:

    Chris M says:
    16 December, 2021 at 2:46 pm
    People that work for / with / connected to the govt appear to trust it. Them being the govt and all.

    I worked for the Commonwealth pubic circus for more than 30 years. This experience did NOT develop a great degree of trust for the government in me. Having been involved in making the sausages, I follow the Ronald Reagan line about the nine most frightening words you will ever hear: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”.

  6. Chris M says:

    Sure but you’re unlikely to vote for a party that desires to curtail govt when it’s your income.

  7. calli says:

    It just might be a cunningly disguised satire piece written by one Frank Bollocks.

  8. Boambee John says:

    Calli

    My experience of the Grauniad (it was the office paper for three years in London), I doubt that they have any sense of humour. For confirmation, check out their “cartoonist”, one Steve Bell.

  9. Tel says:

    … written by one Frank Bollocks

    Ha ha you beat me to it.

    The CIA aren’t even trying to come up with plausible names anymore.

  10. Not Trampis says:

    if people die from it it it is not harmless. We do not know at this stage if it is as bad as delta or not. We do know it affects far more people much quicker even this who are double vaxxed.
    On a best case scenario less people as a proportion will be affected BUT more people wil be affected because it spreads so much quicker.
    The last thing we need is the hospital system being crowded out by covid. We saw it to an extent in NSW in our last lockdown.
    The boosters program needs to be boosted.

  11. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    if people die from it it it is not harmless.

    Death comes to all of us, even pompous prats like you. Do you ever wish that you had never been born? It would have saved you the stress of worrying about your inevitable death.


    The last thing we need is the hospital system being crowded out by covid. We saw it to an extent in NSW in our last lockdown.

    Exacerbated by the loss of staff reluctant to be “jabbed”?

    The boosters program needs to be boosted.

    Have you had your second booster yet?

  12. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    even this (sic) who are double vaxxed.

    Does this statement suggest that the tiniest element of doubt about the effectiveness of the vax is entering your equally tiny mind?

  13. Not Trampis says:

    Indeed it comes to all us but those who believe in the sanctity of life which of course is none of the people here would wish to have caused the death of a fellow human being.

    Few have left the hospital system because of mandates. The problem in the lockdown was demand for beds. One ICU bed has THREE nurses dedicated to the patient.

    mine comes up in January.

    We do know this new variant affects even those who have been double vaxxed. This is not surprising. The flu vaccines only are good at those types of flu known of at the time. It does appear it affects those nutters who have not been vaxxed a lot more

  14. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    Indeed it comes to all us but those who believe in the sanctity of life which of course is none of the people here would wish to have caused the death of a fellow human being.

    So you oppose giving the vax to teenagers and below, who are at risk of heart problems from it?

    Few have left the hospital system because of mandates.

    Evidence? Or is this yet another of your evidence free assertions?

    mine comes up in January.

    Don’t wait, why take a risk! Have an extra while you are there.

    We do know this new variant affects even those who have been double vaxxed. This is not surprising.

    Nice to see you at least trying to catch up with reality.

    It does appear it affects those nutters who have not been vaxxed a lot more

    Yet another evidence free assertion.

    Punctuation improving, but far from perfect. You should have paid more attention during your 12 years in primary school.

  15. Lee says:

    The boosters program needs to be boosted.

    You can take your boosters and shove them where the sun don’t shine!

  16. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    Indeed it comes to all us but those who believe in the sanctity of life which of course is none of the people here would wish to have caused the death of a fellow human being.

    A very confused sentence structure, which, to the extent that it is possible to decipher it, seems to say that “none of the people here would wish to have caused the death of a fellow human being”. I’m sure that we would agree, except that the start of the sentence seems to be flowing towards a different conclusion about everyone here but you. Perhaps a couple of commas and maybe one additional word would have conveyed your in tended meaning?

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